Though I cannot say I am deep into the land of recovery, I will say, however, that more than once I have casually entered bookstores just to hold the books in my hands, to feel their glossy covers and the soft breeze upon my cheek of pages flitting by, breathing in their subtle pulpy essence, and I have done all this without buying even a one of them. Yes, I understand that such close proximity is discouraged for those early on in recovery, but if I ever find myself truly weakening, my able sponsor (several years sober) is always as near as my cell phone.
Thomas Frognall Dibdin, D.D., Bibliomania; or Book-Madness: A Bibliographical Romance (London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1809).
Nicholas A. Basbanes, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1995).
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE "FALLEN OFF THE WAGON":
Powell's City of Books